Jul 20, 2015

How to speak Australian: Just abbreviate everything

Traveling to Australia and want to fit in? Or just trying to understand your mates from Down Under? The Sydney pastor behind a video that has gone viral explaining the local lingo might be able to help. Josh Hawkins put the three-minute clip entitled ...

Jul 18, 2015

Honda makes English official

Honda is just the latest in a growing number of Japanese firms embracing English as its official language; now the nation's education system needs to respond with more effective ways of teaching the language.

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

| Jun 29, 2015

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

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Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne (It depends on tomorrow’s weather.) Situation 1: Mr. Sere meets his colleague in the elevator. 大久保: あしたはつりに行かれるんですか? 川崎: それはあしたの天気によりますね。天気予報を見てから決めます。 Sere: Ashita-wa tsuri-ni ikareru-n-desu-ka? Kawasaki: Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne. Tenkiyoho¯-o mite-kara kimemasu. Sere: Are you going fishing tomorrow? Kawasaki: It depends ...

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

Jun 23, 2015

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

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Byron Fija, who knows nothing about his American father and little about his Okinawan mother, now works to preserve Uchinaguchi, a native language in Okinawa, after having overcome an identity crisis. “Uchinaguchi comprises my identity itself,” said Fija, 45, who refers to himself as ...